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Passionfruit Butter Cake

Passionfruit Butter Cake





Passionfruit Butter Cake with Glace Icing

Because we have our own passionfruit vine I’ve got a whole bowl full of them to use, ones which I managed to rescue from the resident Cockatoo that has eaten all the other ones from the vine, the remnants scattered all over the garden floor.

I found this recipe on taste.com.au which I loved because they didn’t just use the passionfruit for the icing, they use the juice and the pulp in the cake giving it an amazing flavour and texture. I actually used a packet mix of vanilla icing that I had in the cupboard, but I’ve included a recipe for Glace icing which you could do what you want with, like adding a hint of vanilla which I thought would work well with the passionfruit flavours.

So here it is, the first time I’ve baked in a while (it’s because I had a Sunday at home by myself…that’s why!).


10 passionfruit, halved
185g unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon rind
1 cup caster sugar
3 eggs
2/3 cup milk
2 1/2 cups self-raising flour

Glace Icing
1 1/2 cups pure icing sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon butter, softened.


Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Grease a 22cm fluted ring pan ( I actually used a 22cm springform cake tin because i didn’t ahve a fluted ring pan). 
Strain the passionfruit pulp over a small jug (you will need 1/2 cup juice and 2 tablespoons passionfruit seeds).
Place butter, lemon rind, sugar, eggs, passionfruit juice, milk and flour in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat on low speed until combined. Increase speed to high. Beat for 2 to 3 minutes or until pale. Stir in passionfruit seeds. Spread mixture into prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Stand in pan for 10 minutes. Turn out on to a wire rack to cool.

Meanwhile, make glace icing: Combine icing sugar, lemon juice and butter in a small bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon until a spreadable consistency. Spread over cake. Top with lemon rind. Serve.


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  1. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    August 18, 2014 / 6:39 am

    I am so jealous of your passionfruit vine – I would be in heaven!!! Love the sound of this cake… I’ll just have to suck it up and pay for the passion fruits at the supermarket – it looks too good not to make! xx

  2. August 18, 2014 / 6:45 am

    This is not how I’d spend a Sunday by myself BUT this looks delicious and I’m sure there will be lots of people glad you shared this!

  3. Lisa Berriman
    August 18, 2014 / 7:54 am

    Looks lovely! We have had lots of passionfruit lately as they come in our seasonal delivery of fruit each fortnight. I’m often wondering what to do with them.

  4. August 18, 2014 / 9:01 am

    Looks yum. We just picked passionfruit off our vine last week and need to make something with them. Maybe a cake it will be…

  5. LydiaCLee
    August 18, 2014 / 9:08 am

    That looks great! I could do with a piece right now!

  6. August 18, 2014 / 9:37 am

    I love the photo you put up the other day of the cockatoo eating the passionfruit, cheeky little bugger. We had a passionfruit vine here too but it died along with all the other fruit and veggie plants. It seems our courtyard is just not set up with the right amount of sun/shade to grow our own food. We’ve spend hundreds on seeds and potting mix etc and I think we only ever got 3 snowpeas, 1 cucumber and a couple of mini capsicums out of it. The plants usually fruit then die before they’re ready to be picked 🙁

  7. Malinda
    August 18, 2014 / 10:13 am

    My parents have a passionfruit vine that is always abundant and my mum makes an amazing passionfruit butter that I hide in the back of the fridge.

  8. August 18, 2014 / 11:07 am

    That looks delish!! We love passionfruit and are thinking of growing our own!

  9. August 18, 2014 / 1:14 pm

    Oh my goodness! Yummy. Love passionfruit anything so this would go down a treat. I haven’t been baking much but have been naughty and buying lots of treats from our local bakery 🙂

  10. Alicia-OneMotherHen
    August 18, 2014 / 9:28 pm

    I put passionfruit pulp in one of my daughters birthday cakes once and it was yummy. Your cake looks heavenly 🙂
    I saw your passionfruit thief on instagram!

  11. August 22, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    It certainly was heavenly. Yes, we now have two passionfruit thieves!

  12. August 22, 2014 / 3:13 pm

    It is seriously amazing Maria and super easy.

  13. August 22, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    It is so much fun growing your own although look out for cockatoos…they steal ours!

  14. August 22, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    This is the first year I’ve ever had my own vine, we bought the house last year and we never noticed the vine, it may not have been as big as it is now!

  15. August 22, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    He sure is a cheeky little bugger and he has mates too! Our vine is actually growing up a big lilly pilly tree!

  16. August 22, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    The juice added to it gives it an amazing bright colour and the tast is superb.

  17. August 22, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    Wish we had smellavision and tasteavision, hey!

  18. August 22, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    Yes, make this cake! You must.

  19. August 22, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    We are so lucky to have them growing, I don’t know if I’d spend the money on them in the shops. The’yre quite expensive.

  20. August 22, 2014 / 3:16 pm

    It didn’t last long!

  21. August 22, 2014 / 3:17 pm

    haha…yeah, I’m a bit of a granny at times.

  22. August 22, 2014 / 3:17 pm

    It is so much fun going searching every day for passionfruit that has dropped! Ours are lovely yellow passionfruit too.

  23. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    August 23, 2014 / 7:34 am

    Oh it would be!! Yum! We used to have elderly neighbours who grew passionfruit and they would always bring them over to us – so good! Thank you for linking up with our Fabulous Foodie Fridays party! xxx